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It’s Tuesday, let’s move back for a while. I am really missing my friends now. It has been more than two months that we don’t bond since the lock down. This was taken last March 3, 2020. The restaurant was newly-opened. This is their 2nd day. When I bumped into my friends, we always end up eating! So I told them, “Let’s check out this new place called “La Frio Retiro”. I didn’t ask the owner how they came up with that name. But, she explained that she loves the Beatles, hence a lot of Beatles stuff are all over the walls. And obviously, the reason for Beatles song playing non-stop. How cool is that?

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Me & my daughter Z

My daughter know the Beatles because of me. When she was small, I let her listen to old songs like Beatles, Cascades, Carpenters, ABBA, etc. Surprisingly, she almost memorized the ABBA songs.

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My One-Bumped Away Friends

I always teased them, we are the “one-bumped-away gang”. The town is small for us, ha ha ha! No week that we will not see each other. Anyway, this place is so cold, with full blast air conditioning. And we were early too, so no one is around. The menu is all-American. Typical hamburgers, fries, hot dog sandwiches. Aside from the cozy place, I love their root beer! After this pandemic, I will come back for that root beer. Promise!

 

Until next foodtrip!

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Can’t Tell The Day

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Turin, Italy
Disclaimer: The photo has nothing to do with my blog. I just saw this in my old folder. I miss Turin [Torino].

You know these days, I have a hard time remembering or pinpointing what date or day is today. Since the quarantine started, I don’t wear my wristwatch and hardly look at the calendar to check. I thought it is Tuesday today. I asked my daughter and she said, “It’s Wednesday Mommy. Remember the garbage men passed by this morning?” Gheez, this staying-at-home, sometimes make us unmindful of the dates and time. Ha ha ha.

Our neighbor gave free breakfast meals this morning! Yummy porridge and biscuits! One thing I love about our neighborhood, we care about each other. Almost everyday, there will be someone giving free meals since the quarantine. And mind you, there is no rich nor poor in giving. We are all just human beings. Trying to be kind to one another. The local government yesterday gave 1 tray of eggs! See? How lucky we are!

We will be busy this afternoon, because my daughter had an appointment around 4:00 pm [9:00 am Italian time]. She will do a “Face Time Photo shoot” [Yes! Everything is possible now]. One of the Italian photographers sent me a message yesternight, if we could try this online shoot. Cool. It would be exciting. My daughter is thrilled. I hope the signal is way better later. Good that the rain had stopped. It has been raining since last night.

I will update soon!

Happy Wednesday!

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The Weekend That Was

 

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We just finished our 48 hours lock down here in our town. It’s not that hard, as long as you have foods inside the house. The kids are continuously eating! Gosh! Anyway, the sun is shining today, unlike yesterday, it was raining hard. We are now on the 44th day of quarantine. The local government have distributed the new Home Quarantine Pass. This time with our picture, so borrowing of ID pass will be avoided. Only one person per household is allowed to go out to buy food or medicine. There’s no other than me, to do the grocery. But, I just go out once. I see to it that I buy the essential foods and needs for the whole week.

I finally finished yesterday my painting for my best friend. It has been a week I am trying to finish that. Hahaha! I will share on my art blog page soon. Anyway, I am now finishing 2 other paintings on paper as part of my “Face-Series”. The “Quattro” (first of the series) has just been sold a month ago. Quattro (Italian) means four. The “Family O” (consisting of 5 faces), was my gift for my friend on her 50th birthday.

Anyway, I will be back with my paint brush now. I will leave you with this video clip.

This is my kids routine while on quarantine. Wake Up-Eat-Play-Eat-Paint-Sleep. My second son made this one. An entry for Project Space Pilipinas’ Quarantined Lives.

 

Have a Happy Monday!

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My Last Year of Being 40..ish!

Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

For my birthday, I want to answer these 41 questions of self-awareness. I will just add 8 more questions to complete my age of 49. OK? Game.

1. How would you define life? Life is doing what you love the most and being happy and contented of what you have.

2. What’s your definition of success? Success is being a better person and doing what you loving what you do.

3. What would you do if you knew you would not fail? Just go for it.

4. Which of your skills or talents give you the greatest sense of pride? Painting.

5. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Just don’t mind what others think.

6. What would your ideal career consist of? Just doing what you are best in.

7. What is your greatest accomplishment so far? My three wonderful kids.

8. Which one factor has had the greatest positive influence in your life? Perseverance.

9. Which one factor has had the greatest negative influence in your life? Please people.

10. Who and where do you want to be 2-3 years from now? Still here in the province. Teaching art classes.

11. If you had no financial obligations, what job would you most desire? Teaching.

12. What do you do better than most people you’ve come met or know? Paint I guess.

13. If you had children, which of your existing habits would you like to see your children adopt? Which would you not like them to adopt?

I got three kids. They adopted my artistic side. I’m a bit obsessive compulsive. I hope they don’t got that from me.

14. What can you do for a long period of time without getting bored? Paint. Write.

15. What do you know for sure? Success is not just being what you want to be. It includes luck, too.

16. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken? Choosing between love and family.

17. How do you think differently now than 6 years ago and why do you think this way now? Six years ago, I am patient. Now I’m super patient. Kids are growing up. And I teach small kids. Patience is my weapon.

18. Which of your senses do you use the most? Sense of sight.

19. What are the things you’ve done that you never knew you could do? Self-portrait.

20. What activities make you happy? Teaching the kids, painting and writing.

21. Why do different people from different part of the world live, behave , think and aspire differently? Different cultures and perspective, I guess.

22. What one activity can drastically improve your life today? Giving.

23. How are your beliefs today different from 6 years ago and why? Nothing much have changed.

24. How would you describe yourself? Funny.

25. How would others describe you? Hmm? Funny too.

26. If you were to die tomorrow, what would be your biggest regret? Not doing everything I wanted.

27. If you could do anything in the world what would it be? Save the earth. Even if it’s impossible.

28. What do you want to know more about? The outer space.

29. What are your short term goals? I can’t think of right now.

30. What are your long term goals? Just for kids to grow up well.

31. Who do you admire greatly and why? My husband. He’s my inspiration, really.

32. How do you spend your time? Blogging. Painting.

33. What do you know now that you wish you knew 5 years ago? That I can really nail an artwork and sold it.

34. Do you believe you can create or influence your future? Definitely yes.

35. What do you need to start doing now that will draw you close to your dream future? Just do what your heart desires.

36. What traits will greatly aid you in achieving your goals? Patience.

37. Do you believe anything is possible? Yes, definitely.

38. What quality do you admire the most about yourself? Being patient.

39. If you had a magic wand, how would your life be better in 3 months? Find a cure to COVID-19. That’s all we need now.

40. What scares you the most? COVID-19.

41. If you only have 5 minutes more to live, who will you call and what will you say? My husband. To say I love him more than he ever knew.


Bonus Questions:

42. What makes me sad? When my kids are sick.

43. What makes me happy? When I help. When my kids are healthy.

44. What makes me angry? I hate mess.

45. What things do I value in life? Respect. Love. Loyalty.

46. What makes me afraid? Sickness.

47. What type of friend am I? Easy to get along with.

48. What’s the best day you’ve had so far? My birthday today.

49. What does the word “self-love” mean to you? We must first love ourselves first, to love others whole heartedly.

Need I say more?

HAPPY 49th BIRTHDAY TO ME!

 

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Z at 1 year old

See? Kids grew up so fast. The ten year-difference say it so. She is now as tall as me. One day she’ll be taller. I gave birth to her when I was 38. Didn’t really expected anymore I could be pregnant. But, thanks God, I did! A real darling!

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Z at 11 years old

Love you Z!    Love, Mamma

Thirty Seven Days in Quarantine

This is my 1-minute video-entry for Project Space Pilipinas. “Emotion in Motion”. I don’t know, but I get goosebumps myself when I see that swirling music box. Reminds me of my childhood when I used to dream of having my own musical box with a ballet dancer in it. The one on the video is a gift from my mom when I was 30! All I need is a little patience. Everything takes their time I guess.

So, it has been 37 days since the lock down. What have you done while on quarantine? Still remaining sane? Our quarantine schedule was supposed to end by April 30, but looking at the graphics, it seems that the number of COVID-19 positive individuals keeps on rising. Sigh! I just hope by the month of May, everything will turn out better. People are getting restless. People starve. People are jobless. People are bored. Bills are adding up each month. I can’t imagine how the poor ones are holding up.

Good people used to donate relief goods, as well as our local government. Yesterday they gave 1,000 pesos each household. That’s not too much, but it will give you food for a week. Last week, they sent rice and canned goods. The other day, our neighbor gave free snacks and bread. These kind-hearted people or group make us all relieved, at least. And, for my birthday tomorrow, I will be giving something to my neighborhood. Small help is better than nothing, right? It is my way of paying it forward.

Two of my artworks were also sold, so I will use the money to help other people in need. It would be my best birthday treat ever!

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Will update soon. Stay Home. Stay Safe.

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Life is Beautiful

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With all the negativities brought by Covid-19, I guess there are more beautiful things about life. We just have to learn how to accept and not complain.

1. Waking Up. Isn’t it amazing to wake up each morning? We are alive. No room for complaining. I am an early riser. I normally beat my 5:00 am alarm. It can’t win over me. I always silently utter to myself, “Thank you Lord for waking me up.” Some people never woke up anymore. The mere fact that we still breathe, is a blessing indeed.

2. Food. It’s essential to life, obviously. All that thoughts of cooking and eating it. It doesn’t come easy to plan meal after meal. Especially when one kid is fond of a particular food, or if one is prohibited to eat it. So, meal planning for me is always one day ahead or a week ahead. The fact that I can only go to the public market once [every Sunday only, as required by the local government because of quarantine], I need to list down meals for each day.
3. Cleaning. Even without the quarantine, I love cleaning the house. Not only I’m the OC type of person, but also, it has become my routine. I’m a maniac in organizing, hahaha! My morning wouldn’t be complete without cleaning the floors and dust on appliances, drawers or cabinets. If my [almost torn] broom can sue me in court, I would be guilty.

4. Laundry. I have been washing the clothes manually because the laundry shop was closed from Day 1 of the lock down. I have no washing machine, believe it or not. It has been 29 days! Tough. Real tough. Don’t ask me why.

5. Gardening. My plants are clapping now, for I got a lot of time attending to them. This quarantine had me water the plants everyday. Gosh, I didn’t have time before. I was so busy with my mini school. I see flowers blooming now. Amazing!

6. Blogging. From Day 1 of the enhanced home quarantine, I started blogging again, after a year or so. I could talk forever thru writing. It gives me a sense of freedom and a nice feeling. Especially when people tells me they laugh so hard on my “Filipino blogs”. Of course, I can express better in my own language. But, it doesn’t mean I can’t make you laugh here. Right?

7. Social Connection. Even we are all forced to physical distancing, I am thankful for the social connection. Internet is so helpful in reaching out to friends, family and neighbors as well. My husband is far, far away from us, stuck in Milan, stuck too at home. And the only way I can break his monotony is to bug him thru messenger. Sure we missed each other. The thought of him, not being with me and the kids is sure an agony. But, I know we will get through this trial. God is with us.

With the current situation we are all experiencing, staying home couldn’t be that bad. We just have to look at all the positive things that it brings us. No matter what, we just need to put a smile on our faces and be grateful. After all, life is still beautiful.

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How time flies! See? This photo was taken eight years ago, when we had our Philippine vacation. My daughter, Zendra still can’t talk. She was just two years old then. Now, she’s more talkative than ever! My second son is taller than me now. Look at that chubby face of mine. Yaiks! And my hub still got a lot of hair. Kidding aside, let us all savor each moment in our life, because in a blink of an eye, kids grow up so fast, and we get [a little bit] older. Right?

If we can only freeze time. [Sigh]

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Three Months and Counting

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Three long but fruitful months outside the blog world is just amazing. I know i owe a lot of stories to tell, experiences to share and photos to show. We’ve been back “home” since last July 20. Home means from Milan, Italy to my hometown: Lucban, Quezon (Philippines).

We really didn’t tell about it to many people, only close friends and family that we’ll be back home to stay longer. “For good” is a big phrase, so i would like to just think of this stay as a long vacation. 22 years of living and working in Italy isn’t a walk in the park, so i guess this long overdue break is what i’m gonna need, and the kids as well.

For the nth time, bear with me. I will blog everything soon as i have more time. I have been busier these days.

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Non-Stop Fun!

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Priceless smile!

It was a fun weekend for all of us, especially the kids. We went to Leolandia (Minitalia) Park again (Capriate, Bergamo).  Actually it’s my 6th time here already. My son’s 4th time, my husband’s and daughter’s 3rd time, and my mom’s definitely nth time! I believe we can be associates now in Leolandia, hahaha!

Anyway, we wouldn’t be here if we weren’t given free entrance tickets. More than a month ago, my daughter & son had been part of the TV Commercial for this park, so we were compensated with lots of free tickets. I gave some to my friends. I can’t be here everyday. Free tickets are cool, but the fare going here, and foods are not. You know what i mean?

For those who are curious about the ticket prices and park information, just click the link and browse there: http://www.leolandia.it/it/

Tip: It’s always best to buy ahead the tickets. You can get them at lower prices!

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My daughter, wishing her big brother good luck!

As expected, the kids can’t get enough of the rides. As far as i can recall, during my childhood days, i braved only the Caterpillar and Ferris Wheel. You will pay me $1000 so i will try some daring rides.

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That’s my son on the third row from the rear end right in blue shirt
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Yeah, OK. This is the only ride i went to. I’m scared of the heights and velocity, hahaha
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Stripes Club =)

Leolandia Park is the former Minitalia. From the name itself, it means the park has its “Italy in Miniature” which is really awesome. All the famous landmarks/buildings all over Italy were there. This time, even we had a lot of time, the temperature is really so hot (that i had sunburn on my arms now), so strolling at the Minitalia area is not comfortable. In the past i got lots of photos taken there, so maybe i’ll blog about it next time. (Or you may check the related blogs below this post. They’re old though.)

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Up, up and away!

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Would my hub make that shot?

All of us in the family had a great time. My husband tried the “shoot that ball”, but it’s really quite impossible to make that goal. Even Batman i guess can’t do it. 3 euro for two balls to shoot! No harm in trying. My daughter is wishing for that giant SpongeBob, Minion, or Peppa Pig prize. To console her, my hub bought her favorite chips and ice drop. I wish adults could be “contented” easily, like the kids.

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My Mom on the other hand keeps on having her selfie while sitting (and waiting) for us. Yes! My mom’s perfecting her “shoelfie!” Hahaha! Funny how the 40’s generation can adjust well to the techie world. I guess i will teach her how to hashtag. (chuckles)

All in all, this weekend get away will be on the list of our “happy memories”

hashtag: #bestdayofourlives #greatfamilybonding

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Oh Yes, Zendra definitely is a scene stealer. Look at that pose! One trivia: She never leaves home without something on her hand. Bag or stuffed toy!

Watch our Fun Video below!

Until next time!

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